There can be a lot of confusion about working time regulations. Not least because they derive from European law and for some that can be contentious. And also because it’s easy to blur the lines and start confusing these regulations with those governing rest breaks and even flexible working.But the bottom line is that there is UK legislation that lays out what is and isn’t legal in relation to the number of hours that people work, and it applies to almost all employees and therefore to their employers. So, let’s cut through any confusion and have some clarity.What
Youth employment and various means of encouraging it (especially apprenticeships) has long been a government priority. And yet, although progress has undoubtedly been made—in 2013 the youth unemployment rate was around 20%, by the end of 2014, it had dropped to just under 17%—the latest survey suggests that these improvements are not being made by SMEs. Given that SMEs account for 99% of the UK’s private sector and employ almost half of the workforce, it’s no wonder the government are keen that smaller businesses look to their employment and recruitment practices. The
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A common complaint (perhaps the most common complaint) among small business owners is that the sheer quantity of legislative red tape holds their business back. And on the surface, fair enough. After all, when you start your first venture (particularly when you employ other people) the array of statutory and regulatory provisions can be dizzying: health & safety, anti-discrimination, employee rights, advertising standards, the list seems endless.Government responseThus, it was a canny move on behalf of the then-fresh